357: Small signs

It is cold and rainy here in the Bogs today.  It seems early to be writing “it is cold.”  This feels more like late September weather, the kind we get just before a bout of October Indian Summer.

I didn’t rise before or with the sun this morning.  Not that I would have seen the sun.  I woke up to the rhythmic sound of a steady rainfall.  The air was damp and chilly, the sky a dark gray.  The bed was warm and snug.  Guess which one I chose?

A late morning view of the pond, the sky dark and heavy with rain.

I don’t care for alarm clocks.  I’ve been waking up naturally around 6:30am.  The plan is to get used to that and then see if I can manage to wake up earlier without an alarm.  Alarms tend to do one of the three things for me.

  • Frighten me out of a deep sleep with whatever sound is coming out of it (buzz, radio, ring tone on the cell phone, etc.).
  • Keep me awake in anticipation of the alarm going off.
  • Or keep me awake until exhaustion sets in, usually about 30 minutes before the alarm is scheduled to go off, and then frighten me awake just as I sink into a deep, deep sleep.

So when I woke up to the rain and cold at 6:30 this morning without an alarm, I chose to ignore my internal wake-up call and go back to sleep.  I think it was a wise choice.

Rain on the pond

I thought about waiting until the rain moved on to go for my walk.  However, there is always the possibility that the rain won’t move on for a while.  We have had some spurts of sunshine along with patches of blue sky, but mostly it has rained.  Just as we get lake effect snow, we get lake effect rain.  The on and off drizzle reminds me of snow squalls, only warmer.  Not that much warmer, though.  Last time I checked, the temperature was in the 40s.

We are supposed to have nice weather after today.  It will be a good time to get out to the garden and start putting it to bed, so to speak.  Most of the vegetables are finished.  I would like to try another planting of Swiss chard.  Or maybe spinach.  Or both since both appreciate cooler weather.

I have been wondering what I am going to do on the last day of my outdoor commitment.  If I counted correctly (and I frequently don’t), the last day should be next Friday, the 23rd of September.

Pickerelweed leaf

A celebration of some kind seems in order, don’t you think?  But what?  I originally planned to do a look back on the year, creating collages of the seasons.  Pure laziness is putting on damper on those plans.  I have not yet moved everything (i.e. photos) from my old computer to my new one.  I know, I know.  It’s been MONTHS.

I’ve been waiting for a rainy day.  Or a cold, snowy day.  A day after this commitment is over and I can spend time getting caught up with things that were shunted aside so I could put together a blog post every day.

Raindrops marching down a blade of grass

That’s just an excuse, you know.  I enjoy blogging.  Sorting through the stuff on my old computer?  Not so much.

I would probably enjoy it more than I think if I’d sit down and do it.  Sometimes it’s fun to sort through old photos, relive old memories, and get a good look at how far I’ve come (or not) in terms of my photography skills.

Colors in this photo courtesy of Heat Map 2.0 in Picnik

Without the post-processing

So.  I have no idea what I will do to mark the end of my commitment.  Maybe nothing much at all.  Just another blog post.

Last year at this time I was blogging about how dry the weather had been.  That’s typical for this time of year.  We’ve had more rain than usual lately.  I also posted a photo of crabapples dripping with dew.

Except for the raindrop caught between the middle and right crabapples, they are looking drier and somewhat bigger this year.  Maybe they’re just further along in the growth process this year than they were at this time last year.  Funny how the crabapples were much wetter with last year’s dew than this year’s rain.

Well, that’s about it from the Bogs for today.  Thanks for dropping by and keeping me company on this chilly, rainy day.  How about a cup of hot tea?  Or maybe some hot chocolate?  My vote is for the hot chocolate.  🙂

Visiting the milkweed

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40 Comments on “357: Small signs”

  1. adrianduque89 says:

    interesting photos!

  2. Martina says:

    These are all beautiful images. I like the water droplets.

  3. Wow, that year went fast! I have thoroughly enjoyed every post and every photo you have posted during the year of your outdoor committment and I’m sure (although I do not have the photography skills that you do) that your photos have improved out of site during this time!

    I used to have a musical alarm clock. When the alarm sounded, it was to the twinkling tune of ‘Fur Elise’ (is that how you spell it?). The sound of a standard alarm clock started my day off on a bad note, so I didn’t own one, although now I’m like you, I awaken to each new day naturally.

    Well, that’s my herb tea finished now, Robin. How was your hot chocolate? We should do this more often. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you so much, Joanne. 🙂

      Yes, it has gone fast. When I started this commitment, I thought it might drag on for what seemed like forever, but that hasn’t been the case at all. Each day seems to speed right by, except for the time I am outdoors. Oddly, time seems to slow as I’m out there.

      The hot chocolate was fab. I agree. We should do this more often. 😀

  4. Goodness, Robin, these photos are stunning! I especially like the underside of the leaves–so, so lovely! Nature is amazing.

    Good for you for sleeping in! Now for that hot chocolate–can’t wait. Thank you———-

    Kathy

  5. What great photos. The one with the maroon leaf against the green grass is striking and all the plants freckled with rain drops.. I think I’m ready for fall.

  6. Let’s have coffee – it doesn’t have to be early morning for it, you know!
    For your anniversary, you should have a bonfire. Do you have a fire pit of some kind? I think it would be a fitting end, especially since you’ll be so close to the equinox. That’s just what the Wild Child inside me says…do with it what you will. I haven’t been with you for the entire year, but what a lovely few months it’s been!

    • Robin says:

      Coffee works, Marie. 🙂

      We are having a bonfire as part of a special event we’re having here at Breezy Acres next Saturday. So, you see, I think it’s a brilliant idea. Great minds think alike.

  7. Kel says:

    Robin, it’s a cold wet day here too
    how about we share a cuppa
    I’m having tea – a jasmine/pear blend

  8. dragonfae says:

    Love the raindrops! (send some here please!)

    I sleep in every chance I get … which isn’t many, but good when I can. 🙂

  9. Kala says:

    The photo of the late morning view of the pond is gorgeous!

    (I cannot listen to an alarm ringing because it jars my senses.)

  10. Hot chocolate, definitely!! Your batches of photos DO get better and better, seems like each time, I go through the post slower and slower, enjoying the details of every image. I think you’re ready for Photoshop (at LEAST PS Elements)! Maybe that would be a good celebration of the end of your commitment – to treat yourself to some new software (or do you already have it)?? 😉

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Holly. 🙂

      I already have Photoshop (CS2). It’s a good thing, too. I couldn’t afford to treat myself to Photoshop. WAY too expensive for my budget.

  11. I LOVE your photos! It’s cold here today today. In a way I love it, but part of me is so sad to say goodbye to summer. I waited so long for her to come. Have a Happy Weekend.
    ~FringeGirl

  12. Karma says:

    I was shocked at the temperature change here yesterday – we had overnight temps in the 40’s too, after the day had begun warm and humid. I love your water droplet shots – that’s one nice result of rainy days.
    As far as the end of your commitment goes, how about taking a ride around your neighborhood? I realize your neighborhood would encompass a much larger area than most of us here in suburbia would consider a neighborhood, but I think it’d be cool to see maybe what you look at when you walk down your driveway and what you see when you look up and down your street; have we ever seen that on your blog?
    Even if you don’t do it for the end of the outdoor commitment, I’d still love to eventually see your collages of the seasons. Your last group of collages was stunning! Scott Thomas actually has a long-term assignment due on Dec. 28th called the four seasons that your collages would be perfect for.

  13. Barbara Rodgers says:

    I love the raindrops on the grass and on the yellow leaf. I’m with you, rainy mornings are good for sleeping in… That reminds me, I haven’t had my cup of tea today! No wonder I felt like something was missing. Come autumn, we’re ready. Looking forward to seeing what you do to mark the end of your commitment…

  14. ElizOF says:

    We’ve had our share of rains lately… It is kinda odd for these parts but hey. global warming… I love the raindrops on the foliage… so pretty. 🙂

  15. bearyweather says:

    Wow, I really love all of these leaf and dewy grass pictures …. they are terrific.
    I am envious, too …. I am still unable to get outside I have missed misty lakes with swans, dewy plants and spiderwebs and many other things I am sure … hopefully, the colorful fall will wait a while until I am healthy.

  16. A rainy day does not stop you! 🙂 Solid photos, I especially like the grass blades with raindrops on them. You have a great photographer’s eye!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Watching Seasons. 🙂

      Nah, a rainy day is nothing after all the snow and ice last winter. If I could get outside when it was below zero, I can stand a rainy day. 😀

  17. Ronja says:

    Amazing…thank you for sharing!

  18. These are beautiful! The rain makes the colors look so much richer, doesn’t it?

  19. carlaat says:

    Love the photo of the leaf with all of the holes chewed through it. Beautiful color!


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